Smarter Cities: Housing

There's no shortage of Smart Home devices out there, from voice assistants to smart meters and system controls for heating, lighting and security. So far, these tend to be marketed to consumers and installed ad hoc; at FoL's 8 February workshop, we explored the potential for smart housing at scale and looked at what role the public sector might … [Read more...]

Spotlight: Crossrail impact tops predictions; more to come

Borough input emphasises planning, placemaking, leadership Crossrail’s potential is just coming to the fore, according to a GVA report produced with input from Future of London. The Elizabeth line, a.k.a. Crossrail, will bring new rail service to stations in 12 London boroughs, linking Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east to Heathrow in the … [Read more...]

London Data Observatory – get involved!

Throughout Future of London’s 2017 programmes, one word was on everyone’s lips: data. Our research and events highlighted needs across the sector to make better use of data, whether for assessing placemaking initiatives, streamlining planning decisions or regulating PRS landlords — not to mention the innovative approaches highlighted by our Smarter … [Read more...]

Fresh approaches to older people’s housing: Insights from overseas

Our latest guest Spotlight is from Matt Lally, Associate Director at Arup. A specialist in urban planning and placemaking, Matt recently returned from an assignment in Sydney where Arup colleagues have been developing an Index for Age Friendly Cities. Following a great presentation at our roundtable on the middle market in older people’s housing, … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Housing workshop

  Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we continue our Smarter … [Read more...]

An Equitable Private Rented Sector for London

London’s Build to Rent market is gathering steam. According to analysts Molior, 11,000 new PRS homes have been developed since 2009, 10,000 are under construction and another 22,000 are permitted to start. These new homes are a much-needed contribution to London’s housing. But with two million Londoners in the PRS, very few live in new … [Read more...]

Woodside Square: design and downsizing

Friday the 8th of December found us on site at Woodside Square, Muswell Hill. The development is a joint venture partnership between Hanover and Hill, designed by architects Pollard Thomas Edwards. Hanover specialise in homes for the over 55s, seeking to promote downsizing by offering quality alternatives. In London, 54% of older homeowners … [Read more...]

Ageing Cities: London

As the fastest-growing demographic in the capital, older people will have a huge impact on the future of London. By 2035, the number of over-60s in London is expected to increase to almost two million; a 48% jump. The number of over-80s is set to rise by 70%. The built environment has a huge impact on the experience of ageing, affecting those who … [Read more...]

Engaging London’s Private Rented Sector – Report launch

In the last 10 years, the private rented sector (PRS) has rarely been out of the public eye. Once a small proportion of the housing market catering for a specific need, the number of households in the PRS in England more than doubled in the past 20 years. London’s PRS doubled in just over a decade and continues to rise; 40% of London’s households … [Read more...]

FoL’s 2018 programme theme: Overcoming Barriers

How to connect communities severed by physical and artificial boundaries The challenge of severance in London dates back centuries: slicing through communities with canals, rail viaducts or flyovers was ‘for the greater good’. As the capital runs out of easy places to build, the remaining sites are often in these divided neighbourhoods or … [Read more...]